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Guidelines for Reopening America

The Trump Administration released its guidelines for reopening America last week. The guidelines begin with specific criteria that need to be satisfied before proceeding to a phased opening. These include:


The guidelines also include criteria for state preparedness responsibilities, including:

Once the gating criteria and preparedness responsibilities are met, then states and areas may begin to Phase 1 of the plan to reopen America. It's important to note that in all phases, individuals are asked to continue to practice good hygiene, and people who feel sick should not go to work or school. Employers are to continue to implement policies on social distancing, sanitation, etc. and to monitor the workforce for indicative symptoms.


Phase 1:

States and regions that satisfy the gating criteria can move into Phase One, in which:

• Schools and organized youth activities (daycare, camp) that are currently closed should remain closed.

• Visitors to senior living facilities and hospitals should be prohibited. Those who do interact with residents and patients must adhere to strict protocols regarding hygiene.

• Large venues (including sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship) can operate under strict physical distancing protocols.

• Elective surgeries can resume on an out-patient basis.

• Gyms can open if they adhere to strict social distancing and sanitation protocols.

• Bars should remain closed.

Individuals:

• All vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place, and precautions should be taken to protect these individuals.

• All individuals, when in public, need to continue to maximize physical distance from others.

• Avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for physical distancing.

• Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines for isolation following travel.

Employers:

• Continue to encourage telework.

• If possible, return to work in phases.

• Close common areas or enforce strict social distancing protocols.

• Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines for isolation following travel.

• Strongly consider special accommodations for personnel who are members of a vulnerable population.


Phase Two

States and regions with no evidence of a rebound and that satisfy the gating criteria a second time can move on to Phase Two, in which:

• Schools and organized youth activities (daycare, camps) can reopen.

• Visits to senior care facilities and hospitals should be prohibited. Those who do interact with residents and patients must adhere to strict protocols regarding hygiene.

• Large venues can operate under moderate physical distancing protocols.

• Elective surgeries can resume, on an outpatient and in-patient basis.

• Gyms can remain open if they adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols.

• Bars may operate with diminished standing-room occupancy.

Individuals:

• All vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place, and precautions should be taken to protect these individuals.

• All individuals, when in public, need to continue to maximize physical distance from others.

 •Social settings of more than 50 people, where appropriate distancing may not be practical, should be avoided.

• Non-essential travel can resume.

Employers:

• Continue to encourage telework.

• Close common areas, or enforce moderate social distancing protocols.

• Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines for isolation following travel.

• Strongly consider special accommodations for personnel who are members of a vulnerable population.


Phase Three

For states and regions with no evidence of a rebound and that satisfy the gating criteria for a third time may move into Phase Three, in which:

• Visits to senior care facilities and hospitals can resume. Those who interact with residents and patients must be diligent regarding hygiene. • Large venues (e.g., sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship) can operate under limited physical distancing protocols. • Gyms can remain open if they adhere to standard sanitation protocols. • Bars may operate with increased standing room occupancy, where applicable.

Individuals:

Vulnerable individuals can resume public interactions, but should practice physical distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed. Low-risk individuals should consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments.

Employers:

Resume unrestricted staffing of worksites.


Vulnerable individuals are:

1. Elderly individuals. 2. Individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy.



Read the complete plan to reopen America.



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